Finding My Wedding Dress (The Pictures!)

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Well not of the dress… I am going to have to wait 6 more months for that one and you all and Jon have at least a year and a half ahead of you… SORRY GUYS! I did want to take a minute and to go into more depth about the process of shopping for a wedding dress than I was able to fit into my vlog - see here if you have yet!

All images were captured by Katie Corinne Photography!

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I have to thank The Bridal Collection and Justin Alexander for setting all of this up. I know I was beyond spoiled in my appointment and I would’ve been happy without all the extra champagne, food and photographers but it will now forever be in my top few days. Ok now into the real business…

First of all - I did NOT know what to expect. I had purchased a debutante dress so I had been in wedding dresses before but never for my own wedding. I still can’t even wrap my head around the fact that I am getting married FOR REAL. So going into this experience it still all didn’t feel real.

Second - I am a super duper emotional person so I expected to be a wreck. Honestly when there weren’t massive tears flowing I started to get worried - am I doing something wrong?? did I not actually find THE one?? Ultimately I think I was so laser focused on designing my dress (yes that’s right my bad boy is custom designed - pinch me now) that I didn’t even have time to break down. Also I felt SO comfortable that I didn’t even think I had time to feel out of my body - I was just soaking it all in.

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

There is no right or wrong way to find your wedding dress - especially if you are like me and don’t even have a date or venue!

If I had to do it again I would 100% be at the Bridal Collection and trying on those beautiful Justin Alexander gowns. Learning the history about the line and how Justin is part of the family business was awesome. It was so cool to have the design team there telling me what they were thinking when designing the dress and being able to find a piece of the story that was special to me.

I can’t wait to wear this dress and marry you Jon Kelley, but we’ve got a longgg road ahead of us. This is all for wedding/engagement posts for now but don’t worry once we are settled I will have LOTS to tell you all about. I graduate in two months and we move four days later - AH! I can’t believe this is my life I am so happy.

Justin Alexander gowns can be found here // The Bridal Collection here



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Instagram Lately

Hi guys! I am working on shooting new blog content this week so while I have a lull of things to share I wanted to give details on my Instagram looks I have been sharing lately! Lots of items are on sale or selling out quick so don’t wait on these! I am headed to LA tomorrow again for the day and it is going to be exhausting but so fantastic. I love the new position I have at work - it really has brought my mood up so much knowing I get to go into work and do what I love. Hope you are having a good week! XO

I just bought this hat on sale from Lack of Color! After wearing the ivory rancher TO DEATH I had to get something new in my collection. I have bought cheap hats every other week and realize now that it is 100% worth the investment to go for these caps!

I am ashamed of how much money I spent on this bag to use it so little. If you are looking to invest in a Gucci piece go for their leather NOT velvet unless you want to be too scared to take it anywhere due to a 2% chance of rain…

The infamous Ivory Rancher hat that I feel like everyone has but I don’t even care because it is seriously the CUTEST ever and fits so well - I have a pretty small head so I wear the small in Lack of Color

Finally wanted to share this one because I have gotten SO many questions about these shoes. They are from Reebok, a great price and not lying great walking around shoes - don’t like them more than my workout shoes to do a full workout in them but I do really love them for everyday wear! THEY ARE ON SALE TOO!

And finally some bonus items I just bought that don’t have images of or shared on my IG story!



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My Recent Mental Health Lapse

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I asked you guys on Instagram stories what blog post you wanted to see next and you guys voted for another Mental Health blogpost. I wanted to honor that and take you guys into my recent mental health lapse that I shared with you all.

The truth is…

Since my last mental health post on this blog (read all of them here) I have had way more than 1 “lapse” but that is just reality when you have anxiety and/or depression. This last one though hit me hard enough that I wanted to share. Lately I have been riding up on a great wave of highs. I have been getting through school, getting excited about my future with Jon and planning all types of fun events such as our engagement party.

Well after a high my low hits me even harder. When I run on adrenaline and excitement and forget to workout, take care of my back and start eating like soooo much sugar because why not? I begin to become susceptible to a bit of a mental health break. After a very packed and exciting weekend last week Monday hit me like a truck. I felt out of my body, completely stressed and overall just not able to “pull it together”.

My back felt like crap, I couldn’t sleep and my energy was low. Normally this is a BIG bell that comes on in my head to focus on ME and take care of myself. Well the bell didn’t have enough time to give me warning because of such a busy schedule and by the time I focused on me it was tooooooo late. Guys it was bad.

I don’t want to make anyone feel like there isn’t hope but I do want you all to know that if you are experiencing a down it will come back up. You have survived 100% of these days when you thought you never would. I am coming out of the other side of a hard few days (that felt like months). I was crying nonstop, shaking, feeling SO unsafe, having flashbacks and I even got up and RAN out of a huge class mid panic attack. It may not seem that bad but I still have a body left feeling week tired and I am not going to lie, a bit scared that it will happen again.

Heres what I did to get myself feeling like “me” again:

  1. Called my therapist

  2. Well first I called Jon because he could come over and my therapist couldn’t but he is not trained so the therapist was important.

  3. Took a break from my phone - I ALWAYS have to do this when my mental health is slipping

  4. Drink as much water as I could even when I wasn’t thirsty

  5. Try to eat healthier - this meant getting rid of those Girl Scout cookies

  6. Focus on breathing - I do this by practicing meditation, yoga and tricks from my Therapist

  7. Journal in the morning. I like to write down my subconscious thoughts out on paper before I pick up my phone in the morning. I find this really helpful.

Thank you all for everyone who reached out. I appreciate all of you so much for letting me help break this mental health stigma in our world today.



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Midnight Rambler Clothes & Home (Discount code!!)

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I had the pleasure of shooting for Midnight Rambler Boutique in Denver last week and really enjoyed it. I had originally gone into their store to shop for some clothes and a cool hat or two but ended up WAY over buying for a home Jon and I don’t even own yet (oops! But check out that haul in my first vlog here). I truly love the quality and esthetic of the items carefully selected. They are unique and feel so special. ALSO they are opening an AirBnB which is where some of these images were shot called the Rambler Retreat and you guys are going to flip when you see it all done - I am already trying to figure out how to secretly move in!

All these photos were shot by Shelby Borer Photography check her out on Instagram here

You can shop Midnight Rambler clothes and home in their Denver location, on their Instagram, and online! Use my code RAMBLEREMMA for 20% off your order but hurry because it expires next week!

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